Keep Calm and Pinch On

Welcome to the Collectively Creative Lucky Edition, hosted by Kelly of Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons!

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What does keep calm and pinch on mean?

Pinching people is a St. Patrick’s day game. People who wear green pinch people who don’t.  “Pinch on” simply means “continue pinching.”

I like St. Patrick’s Day, but I don’t usually spend a lot of time decorating for this day.  The first thing I usually do is……  change the outfit on my geese.  Yes, geese, lol.  A very long time ago a very good friend of mine gave me geese, with a complete wardrobe.  You’re never too old to enjoy playing dress up with your stylish resin geese.  Thank you Molly 🙂

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I love to decorate my fireplace and wanted to do something simple, and I LOVE bunting.  I saw this cute tutorial and decided to make it.  My friends give me their old books that are all beat up, so I had everything I needed.

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I am looking forward to cooking a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, who doesn’t love corned beef !

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Be sure to visit all the amazing Lucky Edition blog posts below.

Jell-O Shamrocks: A Kid’s Lucky Snack – (Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons)
A Lucky Save! – (Pillows A-La-Mode)
The many meanings of “lucky” – (The Thing About Joan)
Keep Calm and Pinch On – (A Ponytail Kind Of Day)
Hello, 6 – (Joy, Lovely Joy)
Luck o’the Irish for Easter! – (Minerva’s Hand)
Lucky Gold Elephant – (Now at Home Mom)
Asian Cucumber Salad – (Inspire and Indulge)

DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

Spring is just around the corner and anyone that follows my blog knows that I love decorating outside.  I found a cute set of dishes at Goodwill for a few dollars and decided to make a few teacup bird feeders.  This will be the easiest bird feeder you will ever make.

Every house should have a tube of E6000 and who doesn’t have a teacup with a chip in it.  I made sure the cup and saucer were clean, and after I figured out where they would be glued together, I lightly sanded the areas.  I applied the E6000 and let dry for 24 hours.

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That’s it, just add bird seed.  I wish I had a picture of the feeder hanging in a tree, but I didn’t want to plow through the snow to get to a tree 🙂

Teacup Bird Feeder

Teacup Bird Feeder

This DIY is so fun and easy to make, and the birds like them too. Hope you enjoy making this sweet little craft!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

During My Break From Blogging…

I realize it has been over a month since my last blog post.   My intention was not to stop blogging, but it just sort of happened. There’s been plenty to blog about, but I haven’t felt like spending much time on the computer lately. You know what? It’s been sort of nice.   There are times when you just need to step away from technology and spend more time with people. The last month has been that kind of time for me, and it was good.

I have been playing with a new machine I bought, a Silhouette cutting machine.  I initially bought it for cutting cards and shapes, but never realized what amazing things it can do.  I took on a challenge to see what I could do with a roll of contact paper from the dollar store.  Living in a log home makes decorating walls difficult, but I have two interior walls that have painted sheetrock, so I can play with color.  So I was considering a wall graphic. you know … those big stickers for the wall. anyway, i go back and forth on whether i like them.  The Silhouette comes with a graphic program that allows you to import graphics and then it sends it to the cutting machine, cutting out the design on whatever you have inserted into the machine.  I started with birds on a branch, and I have to admit, I was quite impressed with how easily it was to apply.

Birds on a Branch

Birds on a Branch

 

and I couldn’t help myself, I have to cut out another one….

 

Wash, Brush, Floss and Flush

Wash, Brush, Floss and Flush

 

I barely used anything from my dollar store roll of contact paper, and after researching online what these decals would cost, I am tickled pink !!  I still don’t know if I like wall decals, but with vinyl decals,  you can remove them easily.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Will You Be My Valentine?

I am proud to be part of the  “Lovey-Dovey” edition of  Collectively Creative, hosted by Kelly of Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons!

Will You Be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is approaching once again, and I am thinking about what Valentine’s Day means to me.  It first became important to me in grade school.  I remember picking out a box of assorted valentines at our locally owner drug store.  I have always attended schools with small class sizes, so one box always was sufficient.  I always looked forward to exchanging Valentine’s Day cards with my friends and classmates.   My mother would help me write everyone’s names on the envelopes and I would sign my name on the back of each card.  I still have all of the Valentines  I gave my mother, she saved every card I gave her in a folder, and gave them to me when I had a place of my own.

The tradition ended in fifth grade, the days when a simple card or a small heart-shaped box of candy that made you smile were over, it now had a new meaning.  It was no longer about friendship and fun, it was for the girls that were dating, my mother would still give me a valentine and that cute little box of candy in the shape of a heart.  Valentine’s Day took a new twist in High School, it was now about big cards, stuffed animals and a big box of candy, if you were dating, and if you weren’t, you would pretend the day didn’t exist.

Valentine’s Day as an adult has an entirely different meaning.  In the beginning of my 20 year relationship it was nice restaurants, fancy flowers and great chocolates, now we are lucky to have the evening off of work.  The day is still special, but in a different way.  The day is not about spending money and giving gifts, but more about making time for each other and giving love.  I have given Don the same Valentine, birthday card and father’s day card for 20 years, he opens it up, says it is the perfect card, sets it on the table and forgets about it.  I put the cards back in my special drawer for next year…….  It is a joke with my friends, and I have a friend that actually beat me on this joke.  My friend gave her husband a card, he read it and set it on the table, she took it back to the store and got her money back, lol.  He never even noticed that the card wasn’t sealed or signed.  Priceless !!

Love is the greatest gift we can give and receive, but it has to be everyday, not just on Valentine’s Day.  The day has become very commercial, with exchanging extravagant gifts and dining in expensive, overly crowded restaurants.  My day will be filled with  kindness, time, compassion, respect, and thoughtfulness to the people I love.

I love you means so much more than three words inscribed on a candy heart.

rugs-bannerIn the last 6 months, I have spent endless hours teaching myself to crochet.  I have been on a mission to find a heart rag rug pattern that wasn’t difficult for beginners and wanted to share my findings with you.

This place mat pattern is free and I added a few extra rows to make it a rug.  The instructions are well written and I was very happy with the results.

h2aI also found a wonderful pattern on Etsy that is also well written and the seller invited me to write if I had any problems.  The only problems I am having with crochet is my own errors, lack of following details and maintaining stitch tension.

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If you have a great heart pattern you would like to share, or if you follow one of the patterns I have provided, please share, I would love to see your creations 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day

Please visit my fellow bloggers of Collectively Creative:

I Love You More Than… – (Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons)
Heart To Heart – (Pillows A-La-Mode)
Top Ten Romantic Movies of All Time – (The Thinking Closet)
DIY Heart T-Shirt – (NorthStory)
[DIY] 12 Pre-Planned Date Cards – (Inspire and Indulge)
The Love Letters – (Mrs. And The Misc.)
Valentine’s Day Bon Bon’s – (Happy Little Kiwi)
Lovey Dovey School Lunch Ideas – (Time With Thea)
Loving These Products – (Neaten Your Nest)
Kniting Hearts(Gentle Stitches)
A little Lovie magic – (The Thing About Joan)
Sending hugs – (Cul de Sac)
Give a Fortune of Love – (Green Door Hospitality)
Will You Be My Valentine? – (A Ponytail Kind Of Day)
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I LOVE my local Goodwill store…..

I know that I have mentioned this before, but it is worth mentioning again, I have the best Goodwill store ever!

I went for my weekly visit, and I noticed a set of 6 ladder back chairs.  Everyone that knows me, knows I have an addiction to chairs, I have them everywhere, seriously, everywhere.  I have chairs hanging in trees, decorated in gardens, mounted to walls, in every corner, stored in my cellar and attic, as well as a warehouse we have.  I took at good look at the 6 chairs, and they needed work, each needed to have a new seat, but the price was 14.99 a chair, so I passed on the chairs.

I continued looking around and decided to look at the chairs again, and they weren’t 14.99 a chair, it was for the set.  If you know anything about Goodwill stores, they have colored tags and everyday they have a special color tag that is half off, and today was a green day and my chairs had green tags. Now my 14.99 chairs are 7.50 a set, and with my senior discount they are 6.75 a set.  SOLD

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Now the adventure begins….

I am very fortunate to have a store locally that sells  chair repairs supplies.  Unfortunately, she didn’t have enough rush to redo all six chairs, so she recommended flat reed splint seats.  I can cane and rush, but have never tried splint seats, but I have woven hundreds of baskets, so I was ready for the challenge.  I found many videos on YouTube and many sites with different patterns, but I couldn’t make up my mind on patterns.  The solution was easy, 6 chairs, 6 different patterns, how much fun will this be !

I don’t know if I am going to leave them natural or add a little tint to them, I guess  I will figure that out when I finish them all.

This has to be the best 6.75 I have ever spent..

 

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What can you buy for a quarter?

Last weekend I made a trip to Michael’s to buy candle wicks.  I planned on just running in and out, but Michael’s was having a 25 cent sale.  Two hours later I left the store, and almost forgot my candle wicks 🙂  I can’t believe I bought 60 items for 15 dollars !  I decorate for Christmas in pink, silver and green, so I was happy about the beads and ornaments, my niece Brighdin has a birthday next month and she loves feminine things, and they had lots with the initial B.  I bought items with my initials also, as well as a few cute frames.

This was better than the dollar store !!

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Anthropologie Mason Jar Snow Globe DIY

I love looking at the online store Anthropologie and have been inspired by many of their products.  Last November I saw their Mason Jar Snow Globes and they were priced between 22 and 38 dollars.  I thought to myself, who would spend that kind of money?  I went back a week later and they were sold out, so I guess there are many people with money to burn.  I never got a chance to make one, but when we opened gifts on Christmas Eve, Jen made me one.  Everyone loves snow globes, and I have never received a hand-made one.  It has a winter snow-covered tree scene with several types of glitter, giving off an incandescent shine.  This is one gift that I am going to keep out and display all year.

Thanks Jen 🙂

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On a Roll……again

We all have them, and most people throw them away…..  I am talking about toilet paper rolls again, lol.  I posted about making stars using them, and went a bit crazy in my house.  I decorated the fireplace, over the cupboards and in wreaths, glittered stars everywhere.  I saw a blog on making Faux Metal Wall Art, and thought I would give it a try.

You may have to look twice at some of these, I am amazed at what you can do with TP rolls, spray paint and a glue gun.  I had a frame from the dollar store, and a dollar can of spray paint from Lowe’s, total cost for all 3 projects, 2 dollars !!

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Music to my ears?

I was inspired to pull out my old scratched LP’s again and see what I could make. I have made bowls, mail holders and bracelets, but I haven’t made earrings yet. I tried making circular ones, but they were hard to cut in a true circle, I made triangle ones, but I wasn’t thrilled with the way they came out. I had my ring mandrel on my workbench and I wrapped a strip of hot vinyl around it and I thought it was cute. I couldn’t resist making a few sets, small and medium sized.

No playable records were hurt in the making of these earrings!

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If you would like to learn more about repurposing your old vinyl, my previous post is here.

The Spirit of Christmas

The holiday season is typically a time for families to gather round the dinner table, break bread, share stories, and enjoy one another’s company. Unfortunately, not every individual or family is able to partake in the joy of the season due to hard economic times.  I strive in giving back to the community and adopt a family every year, but this year I decided to do something different.

I am very fortunate to be associated with two amazing local businesses, and I received a call asking if I was interested in being part of a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser. I immediately said yes, but since it wasn’t front page news, I, like many, thought this natural disaster was under control and in the rebuilding stages.  I have never been so wrong !!

We decided to start a Hurricane Sandy “Fill A Truck” fundraiser, and then drive the filled truck to an area in need, about four hours away.  I made phone calls for weeks, trying to find a drop area, and every call was a dead-end.  One of the partner businesses is associated with Rotary International and he wrote a letter, asking for assistance in finding a drop area, Rotary International responded immediately with contact names and areas in need.

I started calling the contact people, and I was not prepared for what I would hear, didn’t the papers and the news say that they were in the rebuilding phase?  The first woman I spoke with told me how her group is helping several churches and food pantries and after fifteen minutes on the phone I asked her if she had any damage.  I had no idea that the woman I had been talking to for this length of time had lost everything, her home and business.  She continued to tell me what life has been like for her, living in a house with no power, in the winter, not having a car, both were ruined, but she is focused on helping people who are left fortunate than her.  This is not an isolated story, a post written on December 8 about current conditions, “The debris pile as you enter Seaside Heights is 2 stories high and the size of one or more football fields”.  Visit Rotary International to read more about how you can help.

Our “Fill A Truck” fundraiser is going to be a success, and I am grateful to be a part of such a great community that is willing to help others in need.

In the Spirit of Christmas, reach out and pay it forward.


I’m excited to be a part of this edition of Collectively Creative! The theme for this month is, appropriately, being Joyful.

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COLLECTIVELY CREATIVE:

Framing Christmas PJs – (Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons)
J-O-Y to the World – (Pillows A-La-Mode)
How To Display Christmas Cards – (Organized Living Essentials)
Adding Joy to Every Room – (Neaten Your Nest)
The Spirit Of Christmas – (A Ponytail Kind Of Day)
Wrapped In Christmas Lights (Happy Little Kiwi)
Sharing Joy – (Gentle Stitches)
The Joy Of Discovery – (Love, Laughter and a Touch Of Insanity)


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